How Do You Apply for a Pell Grant Online?


Quick Answer

In order to apply for a Pell Grant online, you must fill out a FAFSA with all the necessary tax information for yourself, your parents, and/or any guardians. You should have all your tax and personal identification information on hand when starting to complete the form.

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  1. Create a FAFSA account

    Visit https://fafsa.ed.gov/ and click "Start A New FAFSA" if you have never applied before. Choose "Login" if you are a returning user.

  2. Fill out the FAFSA with your information

    Provide all of your tax and personal identification information. The FAFSA will ask you a series of questions about your income, living status, and similar matters to see if you qualify for the Pell Grant. It will also ask you to fill out information regarding the schools you will attend.

  3. Fill out the FAFSA with information about your parents/guardians

    Provide all of the tax and personal identification information required for your parents and/or guardians.

  4. Review all information provided

    The FAFSA will ask you to review all the information you have provided to make sure everything is correct.

  5. Digitally sign your FAFSA

    Towards the end of your application, you will be asked to digitally sign your FAFSA.

  6. Review your EFC for eligibility

    Your EFC, or expected family contribution, will be calculated and you will generally be notified via email about your eligibility, including the amount awarded if you are eligible to receive aid.

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